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post #31 of 75
I've been using foamcore boards a lot lately. I get them at the craft store mostly ... Michaels often has the standard 20x30" sheets on sale. I've also seen them at Dollar Tree, but they're a bit thinner and not quite as strong as the ones at the craft store sheets. As for plywood, I've yet to use it.
post #32 of 75
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I'm a frugal chick, CHEAP, CHEAP, CHEAP!

I hit the area stores for clean cardboard. Something that hasn't sat on a floor or contained anything nasty like flea spray!(I like paper towel boxes!)
It's Eco friendly! HTH




I did this forever but now I just buy foam board & stuff. But I can't hardly go past a nice cardboard box that my heart doesn't skip a beat.
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post #33 of 75
I'm just a hobby baker and have never sold a cake so I definitely wouldn't use this on a cake I was selling, but I got some inexpensive frames from IKEA. They're sturdy, silver frame, plastic front. I print out something that matches the cake or use wrapping paper or scrapbook paper to put under the plastic. I just wash it off when the cake is gone. Like I said, it's not the most professional looking but it works great for family & friends! I was looking for something easy, sturdy, cheap and re-usable. (If you look in my photos, I used this for the Red Sox cakes and the Oreo cake)
post #34 of 75
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I'm just a hobby baker and have never sold a cake so I definitely wouldn't use this on a cake I was selling, but I got some inexpensive frames from IKEA. They're sturdy, silver frame, plastic front. I print out something that matches the cake or use wrapping paper or scrapbook paper to put under the plastic. I just wash it off when the cake is gone. Like I said, it's not the most professional looking but it works great for family & friends! I was looking for something easy, sturdy, cheap and re-usable. (If you look in my photos, I used this for the Red Sox cakes and the Oreo cake)



What a clever idea!! LOVE the choice of "filler paper" you used, especially on your Oreo cake! thumbs_up.gif
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post #35 of 75
I have used the aluminum foil covered boards many a time up until I became a member here on CC. I am discovering a whole new world with cake boards. I have never used plywood or wood of any sort, however, that would be nice. My budget won't allow for it right now.

I use either gift wrapping paper or the plastic $1 tablecloths from the dollar store and cover with laminate. I bought a roll of laminate at Walmart for $5 and it has last me for a long time. I not only use the laminate on my cake boards but also use it to laminate pictures to go the cakes in some instances. See my photos for examples. Check out the Rock Star Cake or the Tokio Hotel cake. Prime examples. So, it's worth it for me to use the laminate!

Good luck and HTH!
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post #36 of 75
I am kind of new to cakes and I usually use a drum (Kind of expensive) or at least 2 circles covered in fancy foil or something like that. I bought a masonite board at the cake supply store in my area, it was cheaper than a drum and reusable. It's thin. I put a really heavy cake on it and it was hard to get my fingers under so the next time I use it I will put feet on it. I've used wooden doll pin bases for feet before. They are not cost effective though.

Reading this thread, I've written down some great ideas: table cloths and foam core at the dollar store. Thanks to whoever posted those ideas.

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post #37 of 75
i use at least 3 cake circles duct taped together and then covered in MMF (since it is so cheap to make). I use piping gel to stick the fondant on the boards (and again to stick the cake on). i hot glue ribbon that matches the cake around the edge of the board. they always look nice and match well.
i am interested in using plywood for heavier cakes however... i'll try that soon icon_smile.gif
post #38 of 75
If you cover the cake board w/fondant, do you ever have a problem with it tearing?
Also, what is contact paper and where do you buy it?
post #39 of 75
I, too, buy 3/16" foam core at Michael's. It's regularly $3.99/sheet but often it's 50% off so I stock up (we're talking buying 25 sheets!). I cut it with a sheetrock circle cutter like this one:

http://www.amazon.com/Walboard-Tool-08-001-AC31-Drywall/dp/B000FK1UKO

A once-over with sand paper & it's ready to cover.

I roll fondant as thin as possible (to save money!), brush a bit of corn syrup or piping gel on the board, and roll the fondant onto it. Trim with a sharp knife and edge with satin ribbon (also from Michael's when 40% off!). I add the price of the board, fondant, and ribbon into the price of the cake.

For tiered cakes, I use spray adhesive to attach two foam core circles together for strength.
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post #40 of 75
The last cake i made was heavy and I didn't have time to get my dad to cut a plywood board for me. I actually purchased a large cutting board and it worked out great! I flipped it over so the smooth side was on top and the ridged edge was on the bottom. That provided a good grip and a strong surface for a heavy sheet cake.
post #41 of 75
Love the idea of plywood and contact paper! I used it and it looks real good and doesn't get get the paper greasy like wrapping paper did. Thanks
post #42 of 75

this is how I did mine plywood covered with fabric, cakeboard and food grade plastic on the bottom portion.

 

 


Edited by MUDDY828 - 2/1/13 at 1:53pm
post #43 of 75
CK products and Party Cakes n Things both sell Masonite cake boards on line in all sizes. Polyfoil is food-approved for covering. Cardboard is too flexible and plywood is too heavy in thicknesses to be sturdy on anything over a quarter sheet cake or tiered.
post #44 of 75

I haven't done any huge cakes (largest I've done is in my avatar) but I've only used the pretty silver scalloped cake circles that I bought at Wal-Mart made by Wilton. For the cake in my avatar I used 2 of them for more stablization. Other than that, for the small cakes these work great and are fairly cheap.

post #45 of 75

I am in the plywood club.  I have used all kinds of things to cover the board with.  One of my most recent was an Alice and Wonderland cake that I covered the board with a deck of cards scattered about.  I covered the cards with clear contact paper.  I always put a cake circle under my cakes and glue that to the big cake board. 

 

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